- "I had to read this book freshman year of high school and was shocked at how much I really enjoyed it!" in 2 reviews
- "I read this book when I was a sophomore in high school, I'm now a junior in college, and still think of this book from time to time." in 2 reviews
- "The main character of that book makes a bit of an appearance in this one, I believe towards the end, and it made me like this book even more. " in 1 review
- "It shows that everything is not always as it seems and not to judge others because you never know what they are going through." in 1 review
- "This is one of my favorite books from her." in 1 review
That said, the voice here was not as fresh as it was in Speak. In other words, Kate's narration sounds a lot like Melinda even though they are completely different characters. That bothered me. I like that Anderson's prose is so snappy and often sarcastic, but it was weird having two disparate characters narrate in almost the same voice. Given the connection between these two books, I suppose comparisons are inevitable so I'll finish the thought: Melinda is a more likable narrator than Kate. That makes a difference.
The author was really able to take this idea of perfection, and mix it into this idea of complete disorder; two types of people colliding to make this "catalyst."
I suggest this book to people all of the time no matter age.